Do you have a dedicated homeschool space? Do you have a classroom, or office, for homeschool use? When I first started homeschooling, I thought that I needed one. Over time, I’ve realized that, for our family, the best learning happens at our kitchen island, or on our back patio, or entirely outside of the home. We start our morning with Coffee and Books and see where the day takes us. Some days, we school in front of the woodstove. Other days, we take the show on the road.
Homeschool School Room, Or Lack Thereof
A lot of people have asked what our homeschool room looks like. I totally understand wanting to see how others do this homeschooling thing. It’s exactly why I’m so obsessed with every homeschool day in the life series out there. But, the thing is, we don’t really have a homeschool room. At least, we didn’t until very recently.
When I decided to suddenly, unexpectedly, homeschool, I put all of my homeschool materials in our bedroom closet. Some women have closets filled with shoes but I had one with teetering stacks of curriculum. Over the winter, we homeschooled through major construction. The result was a beautiful kitchen and pantry. Following construction, we worked really hard to get the kitchen and pantry back together and they look beautiful. The pantry makes me want to break out into song when I open its door, folks. Going from no storage to heaps of storage is amazing, plus we color-coordinated with help from the Dollar Store. My pantry is the closest I’ve ever come to a Pinterest-moment in my almost thirty-seven years:
Creating a homeschool school room
When we re-did the kitchen, we also added an office. While our post-construction kitchen looks gorgeous, we ran out of steam, and bookcases, when it came time to putting the office together. Technically, this is our homeschool room:
Those piles are organized by subject-ish, but what a mess! If you have some homeschoolin’ school room advice for me, I’d gladly take it!
School room reality
I desperately want to bring order to those piles of curriculum in our school room, however, I doubt we’ll ever do much schooling therein. Here is just a sampling of our school “room” over the course of the past year.
When I think back on the past year of homeschooling, I see that so much of our best learning happens outside of the school room. It happens outside of our four walls: in nature, at the library, in our backyard, with friends, on field trips, while traveling, etc., etc., etc. If I’ve learned anything this year it is this: school is just a building. Learning happens all the time if you just relax and let it.
Now, it’s your turn… Do you have school room organization suggestions for me? Do you school at home, or does much of your learning occur outside of your four walls? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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